keep your best friend healthy by knowing facts and information about it before it leads to anything serious. Here you will learn how to prevent it in the first place, spot the signs and determine if your furry pal has a cold, its causes, and the most important part, what to do if your dog has a cold.
we go on, we know that nobody at home is happy when your pet is sick,
so its best to prevent this from happening as much as possible. This can
be achieved through proper diet preferably with meat for protein to
boost your dog's immune system which will be the best line of defense,
along with clean drinking water. Give your pet vitamins and allow
activities for exercise.
Signs and Symptoms
would be similar to what we experience such as runny nose, sneezing,
watery eyes, wheezing and coughing. They could have nasal congestion or
some nasal discharge and experience difficulty in breathing. They could
have mild fever, exhibit loss of appetite and lethargic behavior. You
know your pet best so if you notice unusual change in behavior, it might
be due to discomfort from a normal cold and you must address it right
away so it does not progress to respiratory complications like kennel
cough, pneumonia, canine para-influenza or influenza, adenovirus type-2
The ways a dog catches colds is
through cold environment or abrupt weather changes which lowers their
immune system, or getting it from other dogs who are infected. It is a
general rule to have puppies and senior dogs be checked by a vet because
their immune systems are generally weaker than healthy adult dogs. The
usual cause of any dog cold symptom is are upper respiratory tract
infections, which reside in the trachea, upper bronchi, throat and nose.
It may also be an indication of a bacterial, viral or fungal infection.
It could also be due to allergies- from chemicals, pollen, dust, or dog
nasal mites that can enter their nostrils. It could also be due to a
blockage, when something gets stuck in their nostril.
as the means of preventing it, nutrition and proper diet helps as well
in speeding up your companion's recovery. You must keep them hydrated by
giving lots of fluids like water and like how much people love when
they are sick, have them drink chicken broth. This will provide much
needed nutrients and give them strength, and helps thinning nasal
secretions. This will also keep them warm along with a nice, comforting
blanket and lots of tender, loving care from you which would make both
of you feel a lot better. Let them have plenty of rest. Keep your pet
dry by letting them stay indoors if possible especially during cold
weather. You can run a mist vaporizer or have your pet inhale steam by
filling the tub with hot water and staying in the bathroom, just make
sure your four legged friend does not have access to it. This will help
moisten the bronchial tubes and ease difficult breathing.
are also herbal treats that are rich in vitamin C to help strengthen his
immune system during this time. Some herbs that a dog can take are
eucalyptus oil, colloidal silver, elderberry extract, elder flowers, and
mullein flowers. However, take note that this requires the expertise of
a holistic vet to minimize complications or side effects. A holistic
vet can ensure that your furry friend gets the best herbal and natural
treatment. With all these tips on what to do if your dog has a cold, you
must still pay attention because if after a few days it does not go
away or the symptoms become more intense, and if your dog refuses to
drink, then it is time for a visit to your dog's vet. A vet will do a
thorough physical exam and may perform tests. They would probably
prescribe antibiotics and if your dog is dehydrated they can give fluids
through IV. They would also best help in determining the cause of an
allergy if this is the reason for your dog's colds. Trust your instincts, if your think your pet's condition warrants a check up then
go and have him checked by a professional vet.